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Best Carry On Travel Shirts

25/08/2016 by .
Columbia Irico

Packing light requires travel shirts to be easily washable, quick drying and to have pockets for passports and travel documents. Fabrics these days tend to be crease resistant and wick the moisture away from your skin and some even offer UV shielding against the sun and insect repellent. Rupert Parker rounds up his best carry on travel shirts

Rohan Sentry Shirt

Rohan Sentry

Rohan makes excellent gear and this shirt works well both for formal business and adventure situations. It’s designed in classic seersucker-style and feels like cotton, but it’s made from polyester and polyamide to the highest specification for moisture-wicking. The Insect Shield® treatment protects skin against mosquitoes and midges and it has UPF 40+ sun protection. There’s one secure chest pocket with snap closure and I like the fact that the buttons are popper, easy to get on and off.

Rohan Sentry Shirt

Fabric: 83% polyester 17% polyamide with Dynamic Moisture Control™.

Weight: 195g


Royal Robbins Expedition Stretch Shirt

Royal Robbins Expedition Stretch

This is a classic adventure shirt, with not only two breast pockets but a hidden document pocket to keep the thieves confused. Although it’s 100% Polyester it’s well ventilated from the back and the yoke is mesh lined so you don’t get sweaty. It has a UPF factor of 50+ and is quick drying. I like that the shirt tails are long, with side vents, and there are tabs to hold the sleeves when they’re rolled up. It also looks smart.

Royal Robbins Expedition Stretch Shirt



Columbia Irico Long Sleeve Shirt

Columbia Irico

Columbia’s take on an expedition shirt is lighter and the Omni-Wick™ moisture management keeps you dry and cool during rigorous outdoor activity. They claim that blue rings on the inside of their Omni-Freeze ZERO™ Vent-Air Mesh polyester fabric react with sweat to lower the temperature. It certainly feels light and airy and its two breast pockets act as air vents, although if you have one zipped up, it’s not going to work. This shirt looks stylish in grey.

Columbia Irico Long Sleeve Shirt



Columbia Silver Ridge Short Sleeve Shirt

Columbia Silver Ridge Short Sleeve

This shirt is made from Silver Ridge nylon basketweave, and has UPF 30+ to protect from the sun. It has two chest pockets with hook and loop closure and a sun protection collar. It uses the same Omni-Wick technology as their long sleeve shirts, which actively breathes and pulls sweat away from your body.

Columbia Silver Ridge Short Sleeve Shirt



 Royal Robbins Playa Plaid Shirt

Royal Robbin 2


Perhaps you prefer something fancier than a plain shirt and want to look like a lumberjack then this plaid design should suit. It’s deceptively light and soft because it’s a mixture of cotton and polyester and of course offers UPF 50+ protection and moisture wicking. It has dual chest pockets, one with a zipper and there’s a mesh lined back yoke for extra comfort.

 Royal Robbins Playa Plaid Shirt

Weight: 190g


Tell me more about Best Carry On Shirts

Shirts tend come in standard sizes and as they get larger, the arms grow as well, so choose your long sleeve models carefully. Most of the fabrics here are man-made so be careful if you’re ironing them – if the iron is too hot, it will melt the shirt and make a hole. Prices are shown as a guide and you can often get good discount deals.

See also Rupert Parker’s best carry on travel trousers and shorts review and best carry on footwear review.


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